Biden announces additional 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for poorer nations

22 September 2021, 9:04 PM
United States President Joe Biden has announced an additional 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to low and lower-middle-income countries.
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